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  • Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands have conducted a joint Nordic project focusing on food contact materials (FCM) in 2013–2015. The FCM area has been prioritized in the Nordic cooperation for many years. The Nordic Working Group for Food Safety (NMF) under the Nordic Council of Ministers funded this joint project. The project has been carried out in synergy with another Nordic project on FCM, funded by the Nordic Working Group for Diet, Food and Toxicology (NKMT) also under the Nordic Council of Ministers. The project funded by NKMT has developed a check list on documentation for FCM, which the current control in the project with a focus on plastic materials, has used.

  • An enforcement project is a fixed term project that examines compliance with the regulatory framework in a sector for a particular product or group of products. The company inspections are coordinated in terms of timing and content, thereby providing valuable information about the subject at a particular point in time. Generally speaking, a guidance document is prepared and the project begins with a training course for inspectors. In an enforcement project, the inspection body also uses other tools, such as information and collaboration with sector organisations and other bodies, to encourage companies to comply with the regulatory framework.

  • Food contact materials (FCM) are used in all stages of food production and can be a general source of contamination of food. FCM has been prioritized in the Nordic cooperation for many years in order to improve knowledge, information/guidance, in-house documentation and control. However both EU’s Food and Veterinary Office and ESA, EFTA’s Surveillance Authority, have made their remarks to some of the food authorities in the Nordic countries to enhance the control with FCM.

  • One of the most important effects of the project was to improve and harmonize the interpretation of compliance in the Nordic countries regarding DoC and supporting documentation. There is a variation in the Nordic countries regarding the experience of the inspectors’ in controlling FCM. In Denmark and Finland the authorities have prioritised this for some years, whereas in the other countries most of the inspectors involved in this project have less experience. These different levels of experience could have resulted in differences in their observations, and this should be kept in mind when evaluating the results.

  • This Nordic control project included 181 establishments producing, importing or using food contact materials. Some have a national distribution of their products and some distribute their products in an international market.